New Jersey State Bar Association - The voluntary Bar Association of New Jersey, serving members since 1899.

For Immediate Release
1/23/2014 

Kate Coscarelli
Sr. Director, Communications
732-937-7548 

NJSBA-supported bills become law in the 215th Legislative Session

The New Jersey State Bar Association is the leading voice of the profession in Trenton, and it’s due to the hard work and dedication of our many members who research and write legislation, testify on the issues that matter to lawyers, and advocate to advance our mission in a bipartisan manner.

During the 215th New Jersey Legislative Session, nearly two dozen measures the NJSBA supported, including five that it wrote, were signed into law. And what the numbers can’t show is that many bills the NJSBA opposed were not adopted.

To learn more about the NJSBA’s advocacy efforts, visit njsba.com or contact Todd Sidor at 732.937.7544 or tsidor@njsba.com.

NJSBA-DRAFTED BILLS SIGNED INTO LAW

The NJSBA-drafted legislation includes measures touching on the law surrounding business, elder and disability, military and veterans’ affairs, real property, trust and estate matters.


P.L. 2012, c. 50. Adopts the Revised Uniform Limited Liability Act (RULLCA), (A-1543), which modernizes and makes more consistent the law on creating limited liability corporations, one of the most popular business models in New Jersey. In a related matter, A-4023 has been signed into law, but not yet assigned pamphlet law designation. It makes certain technical corrections to the RULLCA.

P.L. 2012, c. 36. Establishes the New Jersey Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act, (S-1755), which standardizes important issues with respect to adult guardianships, conservatorships, and other protective proceedings and allows for resolving multi-state jurisdictional issues.

P.L. 2013, c. 7. Prohibits a permanent change of child custody during a period of active military service; provides that absence due to active military duty, by itself, is insufficient justification to modify child custody or visitation orders. (S-1051). The measure balances the interests of New Jersey children in having a secure and stable environment against the need for persons in the military to defend their country by participating in training and in some cases lengthy or multiple deployments.

P.L. 2013, c. 55. Clarifies the discretionary authority of trustees concerning income tax liability, (S-765). This pro-New Jersey law gives residents important estate planning tax benefits while encouraging related business for New Jersey banks, which often manage trusts, additional business.

NJSBA-SUPPORTED BILLS SIGNED INTO LAW

The NJSBA supported the following measures that were signed into law concerning over a dozen areas of law. 

Administrative law

A-1521 modifies the process for contested case hearings by Office of Administrative Law with regard to telephone and video conferences, delegation of final decision authority, oral decisions, checklist decisions, electronic filings, and settlements. This measure has been signed into law, but not yet assigned pamphlet law designation

Business law

  • P.L. 2013, c. 40. Allows certain business combinations between resident domestic corporations and interested stockholders. (A-3049)
  • P.L. 2013, c. 41. Allows corporate shareholder meeting participation by remote communication and clarifies remedies for dissenting shareholders. (A-3050)
  • P.L. 2013, c. 42. Revises the law concerning derivative proceedings and shareholder class actions. (A-3123)

Child welfare law
P.L. 2012, c. 1. Provides that a school district may implement bullying prevention programs and anti-bullying training programs at no cost through various entities; appropriates $1 million. (A-2709)

Criminal law
P.L.2013, c.171. Increases compensation for wrongful imprisonment. (S-1219)

Elder and disability law
P.L. 2013, c. 167. Establishes a bill of rights for continuing care retirement community residents. (S-2052)

Family law

  • A-2128 permits certain former mayors to solemnize marriage and civil union ceremonies. This measure has been signed into law, but not yet assigned pamphlet law designation.
  • A-2899 directs the Division on Women to conduct an audit of the coordination of community responses to domestic violence. This measure has been signed into law, but not yet assigned pamphlet law designation

Health law
P.L. 2013, c. 168. Makes it a crime of the third degree to practice or represent oneself to others concerning certain licensed or certified healthcare-related professions. (A-732)

Judicial administration
P.L. 2013, c. 180. Authorizes the court to credit a person in default of a court-imposed financial obligation under certain circumstances. (S-581)

Labor and employment law
P.L. 2013, c. 155. Prohibits the requirement to disclose user name, password or other means for accessing an account or service through an electronic communications device by employers. (A-2878)

Land-use law
P.L. 2012, c. 48. Extends expiration date of certain permits pursuant to the "Permit Extension Act of 2008." (A-1338)

Municipal court practice

  • P.L. 2013, c. 158 Establishes a conditional dismissal program in municipal court. (A-3598)
  • A-1844 makes discretionary driver's license suspension for first offense of driving without motor vehicle liability insurance. This measure has been signed into law, but not yet assigned pamphlet law designation.
  • A-3254 permits a municipal court to order certain offenders to perform community service in lieu of payment of penalty. This measure has been signed into law, but not yet assigned pamphlet law designation.

Special civil part
S-2018 authorizes award of attorney's fees and expenses in landlord tenant actions under certain circumstances. This measure has been signed into law, but not yet assigned pamphlet law designation.

Workers’ compensation law
P.L. 2012, c. 67. Bans charging workers' compensation claimants for medical expenses; gives the Division of Workers' Compensation sole jurisdiction over work-related medical claims. (A-2652)

Learn more about the NJSBA's legislative advocacy and Government Affairs Department at njsba.com.